We are pleased to announce that we have signed Sam Jasper and Clive Campbell as the Men’s 1st Team coaches for the 2018 season. They will be assisted by Nathan Cranney, one of the Club’s young and up and coming coaches who has come through the Club’s coaching pathways.
Jasper was involved last season as a player and this will be his first major coaching role. Clive Campbell brings a rich playing and coaching heritage having played for Blockhouse Bay in their 1970 league-cup double, switched to Mt Wellington in the mid-70s, became the first player to notch 200 national league appearances and was in the 1979 Mount team and the side that won the league-cup double the following year. He also made 17 A-International appearances for New Zealand between 1977 and 1981, scoring 5 times including 2 on his début against New Caledonia. He was part of the squad that qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but was not included in the 23 man squad at the finals. He has vast coaching experience at both a junior and senior level most recently at Mt Wellington, North Shore and Takapuna and is hugely respected in footballing circles.
Sam Jasper brings a strong playing pedigree having represented New Zealand at U15, U16, U17 and U20 levels. He played in the A League with the NZ Knights and has played for a number of NZ Football Championship sides as well as a number of Auckland NRFL Clubs.
Sam and Clive are well known to each other with Clive having coached Sam previously at North Shore and when Sam was in the New Zealand U20 side.
Club Chairman Dave Crombie said “we are delighted to have secured the services of Sam and Clive. Sam is starting out in his coaching career and Clive’s vast experience gives the Club the best of both worlds. I’d like to acknowledge the contribution of our previous coach Andy Boyens who had to pull out of coaching this season due to work commitments with NZ Football. Andy remains a loyal Forrest Hill man and will help out with some of our promising juniors when time allows.”
Crombie said “the Club believes in creating pathways, not just for players but coaches and administrators as well. It is great that we have been able to achieve this with Sam’s and Clive’s appointment”.
Jasper said “I’m really pleased to be appointed and excited about the prospect of building a strong side capable of gaining promotion back to the Premier League in 2019. Coaching together with Clive will give me a great chance to learn my craft from a very experienced coach. The Club has big ambitions and it’s going to be great to be a part of delivering on those.”
The Club is well placed to have a great 2018 with the aim to continue to develop the Club both on and off the field to ensure sustainable success.